NPPA’s 2015 NSC Conference is in Fairfax, VA!

Happy Disclaimer: I am totally biased because I will be giving the opening night welcome lecture to kick off the entire weekend on Wednesday! I hope to see as many Jamie’s Listers as possible there and be sure to introduce yourself if we don’t know each other face-to-face! -Jamie of the List

The 34th Annual Northern Short Course (NSC) will be held March 12 – 14, 2015, in Fairfax, VA.  This three-day event is packed with more than two dozen workshops on a variety of topics relevant to professionals and students in the field of visual journalism.  Learn from and network with industry leaders, as they share their work and discuss what makes them successful.  Choose from a variety of workshops and lectures on topics such as business practices, multimedia, lighting, and more.  Sign up for one-on-one portfolio reviews from top photo editors and photographers. Meet manufacturers and suppliers of photographic equipment, presenting the latest technology available.  You won’t find a more diverse conference – there’s something for everyone!


We are looking for current students and recent graduates (less than 2 years out of school,) to help as volunteers for the 2015 Northern Short Course.

This is a great chance for students to network and get feedback on the work they are doing. Volunteers receive free free registration to the conference, first pick of reviewers for Portfolio Reviews a shared hotel room and meals in exchange for helping with all the behind-the-scenes things that keep the NSC running smoothly.  Volunteers duties include assisting with  registration, providing conference information to attendees, assisting vendors and setting up A/V equipment for speakers ands workshops. Volunteers must be available from early afternoon Wednesday, March 11th through late morning Sunday, March 15th and are responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference in Fairfax, VA.

To apply please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like to attend the NSC and why you would be a valuable asset to the volunteer team to Natalie at Please also include what college you are attending and your year of study or graduation. Applications will be accepted through January 16, 2015.


1) As is our custom for many years, the Northern Short Course offers a number of scholarships (in the form of tuition waivers) for NPPA members who are out of work or in genuine financial need. Apply in writing to the Registration Chair explaining your circumstances.

2) At the 2002 NSC, the NSC Board voted to offer registration fee waivers to full time professionals in honor of the ultimate sacrifice of two veteran photojournalists who died covering the World Trade Center attacks on September 11th. Glen Pettit was a New York City Police Officer assigned to the Video Production unit. Pettit was also a freelance videographer who worked for News 12 on Long Island and the New York Times. Bill Biggart was a still photographer and member of IMPACT VISUALS. He had survived covering the Middle East, beginning with the Intifada in 1987, and many trips to Israel. His final World Trade Center work appeared in a five page spread in Newsweek. Both still and TV journalists are eligible for these awards. To apply, send a letter of interest to the Registration Chair Natalie Nigito at Indicate a still or TV specialty and include a copy of your credentials


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